“19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Go to church. We need each other. We are a body. As a body we need each other. The kidneys need the lungs and vise-versa. We all need the function of the others. The heart can’t function without the lungs, the lungs need the heart, the brain needs the lungs and heart and so on. We need each other. I need you and you need me to keep on functioning as His body the church.
More about the curtain. In chapter 23 of Luke’s Gospel he says that when Jesus died the curtain in the temple was torn in two. In Matthews Gospel he said in was torn in two, from top to bottom. That curtain was the divider between the Holy place and the most Holy place Where God resided on the mercy seat. Only the high priest could go behind the curtain and even he could only go once a year. Jesus’ death opened the way for us to God and his mercy seat.
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God….For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[e] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
I don’t know how to talk about this passage. While writing this my Facebook started freaking out and kept closing, my nose started bleeding so I put my phone down and started to nap. (I frequently default to a nap).
While I was waiting for sleep and/or coagulation for my nose I got this picture in my mind.
If sinning means missing the mark, Like at an archery contest. The archer tries his best to hit the bullseye. Then Any shot that is not a bullseye is a “sin”. What if that same archer turns 180 degrees and lobs a few shots into the crowd? Is that kind of miss the same? He misses the target. A sin. But a deliberate miss. Does this kind of miss get the same kind of forgiveness? This should make me avoid deliberately sinning.
I’m going back to verses 12-14.
“12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
We must hang onto Jesus and hang onto, stay connected with each other. By God’s undeserved forgiveness we are saved. There is no other way.
From Psalm 67:
“May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.”
Psalm 67:2 – NLT
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us.
Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.
Psalm 67:5-7 – NLT